It is a matter of considerable gratification and pride that Bareilly College has now completed the cycle of One hundred eighty three years of useful services to the cause of the education in the region of Rohilkhand. It first opened its door as a Government school in 1837 under the Liberal Government of Sir Charles Metcalfe the then Lt. Governor of the North Western Provinces. In 1837 the college began with 57 pupils and Mr. Rogers was its Head master. The course of Bareilly College has never smooth & unaccountably awry and baffling it was in the initial stage when it had to battle right royally against the formidable forces of ignorance and superstition masquerading under the name of religiosity. With the passage of the time the adverse criticism died down and the college gathered and more strength, commanded the confidence and respect of the public and thus made steady progress. In 1850 it was raised to the status of Government College with Mr. Vernon Tregear (1850-53) as its first principal. Prof. R.P. Singh as principal has taken the initiative to introduce a large number of Degree courses at U.G. and P.G. level and numerous diploma and certificate courses also. These included conventional courses such as Geography, Home Science, Psychology, along with new courses like Biotechnology and Environment Science. Realizing the need for professional education he introduce new and vocational courses such as B.B.A., B.C.A., and M.Ed. After that Dr Somesh Yadav had served as Principal from 01st July 2014 to 30th June 2015 and Dr R B Singh had served as Principal from 01st July 2015 to 17th Feb 2016. Again Dr Somesh Yadav had served as Principal from17th Feb 2016 to 22nd May 2017. Then Dr Ajay Kumar Sharma had served as Principal from 22nd May 2017 to 4th Oct 2019. Now Dr Anurag Mohan has joined as Principal on 5th Oct 2019.
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